[Autom. eng. transl.] Germany's (supposed) leading role within the European Union, as well as Germany's reluctance to accept responsibility for this role, are often identified as a "myth" in public and scientific debate. Frequently this identification implies the intent to qualify, circumscribe and, when deemed necessary, reduce the existence and benevolent and / or reluctant nature of the extraordinary situation in the country. At the basis of this intent is the assumption that a myth - even more a political myth - is nothing more than a distorted representation of reality, if not a complete invention, aimed at inspiring and influencing the target audience. Diverging from this conception, the article proposes to apply to the particular status of Germany within the Union an idea of myth as a narrative aimed at attributing "relevance" to its object, a story that makes meaningful a world that otherwise tends to become a set of mere facts. Hence, the political myth re-produces and modifies the narratives of political realities in order to keep them "close" to the members of a political community, with the ultimate aim of contrasting the so-called "absolutism of reality". Therefore, the aim of the article is to offer a preliminary assessment of the analytical usefulness of this notion of myth and to examine the opportunities that arise from it to better understand the meaning of the much discussed German leadership of the European Union.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] The reluctant leader: the political myth of Germany's role in the European Union|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||RIVISTA DI POLITICA|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- Germania, leadership, egemonia, mito politico